Canada West fall preview: Can the Dinos be caught in 2013?

EDMONTON – Just one day until Canada West football kicks off a new season, all six schools have completed training camp and pared down their roster in an effort to challenge for the 2013 Hardy Cup championship this November.

Shaw TV, the official broadcaster of Canada West football, will broadcast eight regular season games, both semifinals and the 77th Hardy Cup on November 9th. This year’s conference champion will host the Mitchell Bowl, one of two CIS semifinals, a week later, and the ultimate prize is up for grabs on November 23rd at the 49th Vanier Cup in Quebec City.

Canada West Football Schedule

With a record five consecutive Hardy Cup victories, the University of Calgary Dinos are the team to beat again this season. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Regina, UBC and Alberta will be in hot pursuit.

Here is a look at each team entering the 2013 season…

2012 conference record: 0-8, 6th
2012 playoffs: –
Last CW title: 1981
Last CIS title: 1980
CIS ranking: –
CW ranking: #6

2012 Conference Record: 2-6, 5th
2012 Playoffs: –
Last CW title: 1997
Last CIS title: 1997
CIS ranking: –
CW ranking: 5

2012 Conference Record: 7-1, 1st
2012 Playoffs: 2-1 (Hardy Cup champions, lost Mitchell Bowl)
Last CW title: 2012 (record five straight)
Last CIS title: 1995
CIS ranking: 3
CW ranking: 1

2012 Conference Record: 4-4, 4th
2012 Playoffs: 0-1
Last CW title: 2007
Last CIS title: 2007
CIS ranking: 10
CW ranking: 3

2012 Conference Record: 6-2, 2nd
2012 Playoffs: 1-1
Last CW title: 2000
Last CIS title: N/A
CIS ranking: –
CW ranking: 4

2012 Conference Record: 5-3, 3rd
2012 playoff record: 0-1
Last CW title: 2006
Last CIS title: 1998
CIS ranking: 9
CW ranking: 2


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